TORM Signs Restructuring Agreement With Its Banks And Time Charter Partners
Content of the restructuring
As part of the restructuring TORM has secured a new working capital facility of USD 100 million until 30 September 2014 with first lien in the majority of the Company's vessels.
The Company's group of banks will through the implementation of the restructuring align key terms and conditions and financial covenants across all existing debt facilities, and all maturities on existing credit facilities will be adjusted to 31 December 2016.The existing bank debt remains unimpaired at USD 1,793 million as of 30 June 2012. The book value of the fleet excluding financial lease vessels as of 30 June 2012 was USD 2,193 million. TORM's quarterly impairment test as of 30 June 2012 supported the book value of the fleet based on the same test and principles as used by the Company since the Annual Report for 2009. Based on broker valuations, TORM's fleet excluding financial lease vessels had a market value of USD 1,370 million as of 30 June 2012. The book value of the equity amounted to USD 435 million as of 30 June 2012. Interest on the existing debt will only be paid if the Company has sufficient liquidity and otherwise the remainder will be rolled up until at least 30 June 2014 with potential extension until 30 September 2014. On average the interest margin will increase to approximately 240 basis points across the existing bank debt. The Company will pay interest on the new working capital facility until 30 September 2014. The new financing agreements provides for a deferral of installment on the existing bank debt until 30 September 2014, in which period rescheduled principal amortizations will only fall due if the Company has sufficient liquidity. Provided that the Company generates sufficient cash, certain cash sweep mechanisms will apply. Annualized minimum amortizations of USD 100 million will commence with effect from 30 September 2014 until 31 December 2016. If vessels are sold, the related debt will fall due.
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